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Frozen zoo

A frozen zoo is a cryogenic facility for the long term storage of animal and plant genetic material such as DNA, sperm, eggs, and embryos.

Zoos such as the San Diego Zoo[1] and research programs such as the Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species[2][3] in New Orleans are cryogenically preserving genetic material with the intent of protecting diversity in the gene pool of critically endangered species, or to possibly revive a species that has gone extinct. The preserved material can then be used for artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, embryo transfer, and cloning.

See also


  1. ^ San Diego's Frozen Zoo. The Associated Press and CBS News (2002-10-14). Retrieved on 2007-09-08.
  2. ^ Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species. Audobon Nature Institute. Retrieved on 2007-09-08.
  3. ^ The Frozen Zoo: The University Of New Orleans And The New World Of Saving Endangered Species. Science Daily (2001-03-12). Retrieved on 2007-09-08.
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